Water trapped behind Macbook Pro 2017

papumsrh

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Sep 17, 2018
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Hi everyone!

This morning I did the most dumb thing by not securing my water bottle properly.
Water went through the zipper part of my laptop case.
I tested the macbook functions and everything seemed fine, except now I have huge water splotches.
Any ideas on how to fix this?

Right now, I just put my macbook upside down and let it airdry.....
 

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DeltaMac

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If you want to fix the water staining in the display - I don't think there is any other option, except to replace the display assembly.
You won't like to hear how much that will cost - unless you have AppleCare+ and can use one incident to replace your damaged laptop display. That will cost $100. If you also have damage inside the laptop, and it would be better to replace the whole MBPro, for $299.
If you don't have AppleCare+, then you will get to pay quite a bit more. :(
 

papumsrh

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DeltaMac, thank you for your answer. Is it possible to get AppleCare+ after the spill? I just got my macbook less than 60 days ago, so I am still qualified to buy AppleCare+.
 

DeltaMac

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Hmm...? Purchase a warranty AFTER the hardware is damaged?
You did not purchase AC+ at the time of purchase, so Apple requires some type of checkout if you purchase AppleCare+ at a later time.
I can't help but wonder how that will turn out --- but, you can try.
 

Fishrrman

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Was this a water bottle carried in a backpack that also carried a laptop?
A hard lesson to learn if it was, but I would NEVER do that again.
Go without the water.
That bottle of water probably is going to cost you between $700 and $2,000.
 
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Audit13

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Here's what I recommend: turn it off and disconnect the battery if possible.

Powering the MacBook on and off may make it worse by causing short circuits on the logic boards.
 

canuckRus

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DeltaMac, thank you for your answer. Is it possible to get AppleCare+ after the spill? I just got my macbook less than 60 days ago, so I am still qualified to buy AppleCare+.
Did you happen to purchase with a CC offering 1st 90 day insurance coverage?
 

AppleHaterLover

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You can get AppleCare+ remotely, but this requires a "remote diagnostic" from Apple (I don't know if the MacBook has sensors inside to know it has water damage other than the physical liquid sensors). If it is otherwise operating properly, I'd give it a shot (and do it immediately before something fails). Of course you can't go to the Apple Store, since they will look at it and deny it on the spot.


If your AppleCare+ is denied and they quote you an obscene repair (Apple doesn't to repairs, only part exchanges, so that's going to be half the laptop replaced + whatever's damaged in the lower half), you can take it to an indie Apple specialist and he should be able to disassemble your Mac, clean it with isopropyl and you should be good to go. The thing with water damage is that if it doesn't kill your device on the spot, boards will oxidize with time and it can take some time to die.

Note: I've seen iPhone screens stained with vodka dry over time.
 

SDColorado

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You can get AppleCare+ remotely, but this requires a "remote diagnostic" from Apple (I don't know if the MacBook has sensors inside to know it has water damage other than the physical liquid sensors). If it is otherwise operating properly, I'd give it a shot (and do it immediately before something fails). Of course you can't go to the Apple Store, since they will look at it and deny it on the spot.


If your AppleCare+ is denied and they quote you an obscene repair (Apple doesn't to repairs, only part exchanges, so that's going to be half the laptop replaced + whatever's damaged in the lower half), you can take it to an indie Apple specialist and he should be able to disassemble your Mac, clean it with isopropyl and you should be good to go. The thing with water damage is that if it doesn't kill your device on the spot, boards will oxidize with time and it can take some time to die.

Note: I've seen iPhone screens stained with vodka dry over time.
I wondered the same thing. I know the Apple Care Plus purchase, after the fact, is dependent on a remote diagnostic. I am not sure if liquid damage sensors report remotely or not. I suppose that wouldn’t surprise me if they did.

Only one way to find out I suppose and if it fails the remote diagnostic, you are in the same boat as if you walk into the store with it.
 
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